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Carl Rath

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Carl Rath teaches bassoon, popular music courses, and coaches chamber ensembles at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music in Appleton, WI. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of Oklahoma, performing in the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet, during his 31-year tenure. In addition to Lawrence and the University of Oklahoma, Rath has taught at the University of Denver, Northwestern State University (LA), Centenary College, Louisiana College, and Ripon College.

For 22 years, he held the Principal Bassoon chair in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as a member of the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble of Oklahoma City. Rath continues his career as recitalist and soloist and has performed in China, Argentina, Taiwan, Canada, Austria, Hungary, England and the U.S. A patron member of the International Double Reed Society, he has performed at 19 annual conferences. He is one of the few members of the Society who has hosted the Conference twice. Rath performed as Principal Bassoon with the Classical Music Festival in Austria for 17 summers and was featured as soloist 3 times in performances of the Mozart Concerto, K. 191 and Haydn Sinfonie Concertante (twice). His performances have been heard on national and international radio programs and are featured on five CDs. He studied bassoon with Fred Schroeder, Stanley Scheller, Stephen Basson, Robert Thompson, and Wil Roberts. In 1985, he was a Quarter-finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall with the Oklahoma Woodwind Quintet.

Carl teaches and performs two summer music festivals: Sewanee Summer Music Festival (since 2017) and Red Lodge (MT) Music Festival (since 1980). He has presented masterclasses in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Buenos Aires, Hungary, and the U.S. His university teaching career has included courses in music theory, popular music history, woodwind methods, music education supervision, band, percussion, and bassoon. He has been a guest performer and clinician for the Bocal Majority Music Camps and Double Reed Days in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

He is an avid supporter of the bassoon ensemble to present unique concert experiences for audiences of all ages featuring original repertoire and arrangements spanning Western Classical music and Popular Music. In 1984, he formed the Sooner Bassooners to supplement his teaching of bassoon at the University of Oklahoma. At Lawrence, he created ViBE (Viking Bassoon Ensemble) made up of students in the Conservatory bassoon studio. The bassoon ensemble provides a fun, but challenging, performing experience for students who are not normally exposed to a wide variety of performance styles, especially in the numerous genres of popular music. Many of his arrangements for bassoon ensemble are published by Imagine Music (NY).

In addition to his career as a bassoonist, Rath is in demand as guest speaker on The Beatles. For several years he was a conductor for 1964 the Tribute, described by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘the best Beatles tribute ever’. Along with University of Oklahoma School of Music colleagues, he was a founding member and the drummer of a popular classic rock band, MidLife Crysis, for 24 years.
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